The course was to blame.
Even though she ran a 1:11 half marathon, which should have been a Canadian record by nearly 30 seconds, Dayna Pidhoresk was denied the mark at the Niagara Falls International Half Marathon last weekend. According to Athletics Canada, Pidhoresk’s time doesn’t count, because the course falls outside the governing body’s regulations.
Specifically, the start and finish lines were too far apart. In order for the record to count, the lines can be no further apart, in a straight line, than half the distance of the race. The rule was written in order to prevent race directors from manipulating wind and elevation to allow for a speedier time.
“She’s still the fast half-marathoner in the country,” race director Jim Ralston said.
Pidhoresk isn’t bothered by the news. “If not now, maybe next time I race the half,” she commented. “It’s great to run a personal best. It feels better to run that than get the record.”
Pidhoresk’s time at the Niagara race was a personal best.
She now wants to take on the marathon and represent Canada in 2016 at the Olympics.
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